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Curiouser and curiouser
on 25 February 2007
Perhaps the most helpful sort of review here would be to simply list a few of the films and their ratings. I should be honest and admit that the following list is not exactly designed to show this Guide in a good light. Look and wonder at some of the average to good films that get the top rating (four stars) and those that surely deserve getting more than one star (the second lowest mark).
FOUR STAR FILMS: All Lord of the Rings films, Gosford Park, American Beauty, The Piano, La Belle Noiseuse, A Short film about Killing, Wings of Desire, The Dead, Blue Velvet, Witness, Return of the Jedi, Southern Comfort, The Tin Drum, Being There, The Driver, Days of Heaven, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Network, Solaris, Death in Venice, Walkabout, Easy Rider, In the heat of the Night, Persona, A Man for all Seasons, West Side Story, The Band Wagon.
ONE STAR FILMS: The Shawshank Redemption, Sexy Beast, Kill Bill Vol 1, Kill Bill Vol 2, Sin City, American History X, Snatch, The Shining, Back to the Future 2 (splendid sequel that actually gets NO stars!)
Hope this helps.